France is located in Western Europe with terrains that vary from mostly flat plains in metropolitan France to low-lying coastal plains and mountains. Often referred to as l’Hexagone because of the geometric shape of its territory, France is the largest western European country and it possesses the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world, covering 11,035,000 km2.
France is divided into 27 administrative regions: 22 are in metropolitan France (21 are on the continental part of metropolitan France and one is the territorial collectivity of Corsica), and five are overseas regions. The capital of France and its largest city as well is Paris with a population of 2.2 million inhabitants. The wider Paris urban area had a population of 12.1 million. (2013)
France’s population is older than Ireland’s with 68.8% being between the age of 15 and 65. Religion is also less strong in the Hexagon with 83%-88% of Roman Catholic, 2% of Protestants, 1% of Jewish, 5%-10% of Muslims, 4% of unaffiliated. (2013)
In 1957, after WWII, France, alongside Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium, founded the European Economic Community who later became the European Union.
Since 1st January 1999 France has adopted the Euro as its currency.
France Sector composition in the GDP (2013):
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